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February 24, 2010

Progressive Groups Launch Massive Health Care Push: Congress To Receive A Million Messages Today Urging Action On Health

The nation’s leading progressive organizations are joining forces today for “”A Virtual March on Washington”” to send Congress one million messages urging action on health care reform. This will be the single largest day of action yet in the health care fight.

“”The Virtual March on Washington: A Million Voices for Change”” campaign is bringing together some of the largest progressive organizations in the nation including, MoveOn.org Political Action, Progressive Congress Action Fund, Health Care for America Now (HCAN), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Campaign for America’s Future, Democracy for America (DFA), TrueMajority, USAction, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), EQUAL, MomsRising.org and FixItandPassIt.com.

The virtual march will happen a day before the White House health care summit and on the same day Melanie’s March will be arriving in DC from Philadelphia and holding a rally on Capitol Hill.

The organizations released the following joint statement:

“”As Washington plays politics as usual instead of fixing our broken system, people are dying. Americans simply cannot wait for comprehensive health care reform – it’s time for Congress to stand up to Big Insurance and their conservative allies, and get reform done right. During the Virtual March for Real Health Care Reform, we’ll send a million messages to Congress to make sure they know that voters want them to get to work and get health care done. Our message is simple: It’s time for Washington to stop stalling. Pass real health care reform now.””

Congress will receive messages today via phone, fax, email, Facebook, Twitter and petition.

For more information, please visit: http://pol.moveon.org/virtualmarch10/action.html ###

February 1, 2010

UFCW Members Celebrate New Contract with Nestle

CRETE, NE – Yesterday, hundreds of workers at the Nestlé Purina PetCare facility in Crete, Nebraska ratified a new contract with their employer. Highlights of the four-year agreement between the 320 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 271 and the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company include:

* raises of more than $2/hour over the life of the contract
* maintenance of affordable health benefits
* an increase of 15% in employer contributions to the pension fund.

“”We were proud to vote for a contract that will help working people in Crete support their families,”” said Eric Reeder, who has worked at the Nestlé-Purina facility in Crete for six years. “”We work hard every day at the plant, and we worked hard at the bargaining table to negotiate a strong and fair agreement. This contract is good for workers here, but its also a demonstration of what other workers at other plants can accomplish by standing together.””

Ratification of the contract stands to benefit Nestlé-Purina, workers at the plant, and the community of Crete.

“”This contract represents a win-win scenario for Nestlé-Purina and working Nebraskans,”” said Brian Schwisow, president of UFCW Local 271, which represents workers at the Crete plant. “”By investing in its workforce, the company has committed itself to a long-term, productive relationship with the people of Nebraska. By standing together to negotiate a strong contract, workers have secured the economic futures of their families and their communities.””